Social start to the season as Hockey players take on international side

The 1st XI Hockey Team travelled to Tilsey Park, for their first competitive Hockey match of the year against a team packed with international talent.

Their opposition was Craighouse, a Chilean School on tour with Abingdon School. It was a hot day and the game proved a hard battle, with the visitors coming away 6-0 winners. Despite the scoreline, this was an excellent performance for the team's first competitive match together. The Chilean school boasted a number of international players and were a well-drilled outfit.

1st XI Hockey team pictured together
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Sixth formers invited to Oxford University dinner after success in essay contest

On Friday 14th September, two of our U6 pupils (Allison and Zara) were invited to the John Locke Institute's annual dinner following their excellent performance in the John Locke essay competition.

Thousands of students from 102 countries entered the competition and 80 ''winners'' were invited to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, where their achievements were recognised.

Allison and Zara stand in the garden at Lady Margaret Hall
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New challenge to get girls reading

It's red carpet time for a project showcasing new fiction in our award-winning library.

Display of films and book recommendations
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Last year's champions feted as new contest kicks off

The House competitions kicked off at Headington on Friday 14th September. All girls attended their House meetings to find out about the list of House events, which this term culminates in the popular House Panto. House competition consists of many competitions such as sports, dances, song and quizzes.

Ridley enjoy their champions lunch
Fantastic results in challenging Chemistry competition

In June many of the L6 Chemists took part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. 

This is problem-solving competition where students pit their brains against difficult questions about chemistry in the world around us. It is a precursor to the Chemistry Olympiad run by the Royal Society of Chemistry. I am delighted to announce that Anna was awarded a gold certificate and a further 13 students received copper certificates.  

Winners of certificates in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge
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L4 girl selected for CBBC talent show

A gifted Headington singer will star in a CBBC television programme airing later this month.

Numa, L4, was one of over 20,000 11-14 year olds in the UK to apply to take part in ‘Got What it Takes’. She was invited to apply after being scouted from a video of her singing uploaded online. After an arduous audition process, Numa was one of eight youngsters selected to appear on the show, which launches on Monday 24th September.

Numa, pictured with a microphone and stage lights
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Emma secures place in U17 squad following trials

A gifted Netball player has won a place in the England Netball U17s squad.

Emma, who is in U5 and plays Netball for Surrey Storm U17s, spent the summer completing a process of trials and tournaments before eventually being selected. Over the course of four days Emma, along with other prospective young netballers, was filmed playing to allow the England selectors to look for future England Roses talent.

She was invited to take part in a summer camp and trials before eventually being selected as one of 15 U17 players in the England Rses Academy.

Emma jumps in the air to catch a netball
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Allison argues case for education as a vehicle for social and economic change in shortlisted essay

A Headington sixth former has been shortlisted for the final of the highly prestigious John Locke Institute Essay Competition.  

Allison wrote her essay on the subject: 'What is education actually for? Are we doing it right?'.  In it, she argues that education gives people a better chance at escaping the vicious cycle of social and wealth inequality.  She concludes that governments should allocate more resources and reform curriculums in order to achieve their productive potential in the long run and improve standards in general.  

Allison stands in front of a white board
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Smiles all round as girls achieve incredible grades

Girls at Headington are celebrating strings of 9s, 8s and 7s alongside their A*s and As as more of the GCSE exams move over to the new grading system.

Izzy picks up a string of 10 8s or above
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All smiles on A Level results day

It was celebration time at Headington School as girls picked up another fantastic set of A Level results. An impressive 54.1 per cent of all entries were rated at A* or A, and 77.7 per cent were graded at B or higher. Girls collected a total of 192 A* and A grades between them, sitting a total of 355 A Levels.

Seven girls stand with their results envelopes
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